patency

[ peyt-n-see, pat- ]

noun
  1. the state of being patent.

  2. Medicine/Medical. the condition of not being blocked or obstructed.

  1. Phonetics. openness of articulation, found more or less in all phonemes except stops.

Origin of patency

1
First recorded in 1650–60; pat(ent) + -ency

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British Dictionary definitions for patency

patency

/ (ˈpeɪtənsɪ) /


noun
  1. the condition of being obvious

  2. the state of a bodily passage, duct, etc, of being open or unobstructed

  1. phonetics the degree to which the vocal tract remains unobstructed in the articulation of a speech sound: See also closure (def. 7)

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